Commenting on the transaction, Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. CEO said, "This transaction is transformational for our business. With limited overlap in products and customers, the combined company will enjoy leading positions across all segments of the gaming landscape.  It will increase our global scale and with a full suite of offerings and robust customer relationships across the client spectrum, the new company will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of the ongoing convergence across global gaming market segments.  Our expertise across these segments and greater ability to invest in R&D will improve player experiences and benefit our government and business clients.  The transaction will significantly enhance our cash flow and financial strength, and provide clear and achievable cost and revenue synergies."  "We are extremely pleased to reach a definitive merger agreement with GTECH as a result of our exploration of strategic alternatives to increase shareholder value.  This outstanding combination of two global leaders redefines the future of the gaming industry.  Together we are uniquely positioned to provide the industry's broadest and most innovative portfolio of best-in-class products, solutions and services," said Patti Hart, IGT CEO.  "This strategic agreement positions us to further transform the industry while providing meaningful benefit and value to our customers, our employees and our shareholders."

Investor Call

GTECH will hold an investor conference call to discuss the combination today at 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  To access the call, please use one of the following dial-in numbers: 877-546-5018 (U.S. and Canada), 39 0666053188 (Italy) and 857-244-7550 (International), and enter the Conference ID number: 84883561.

 

A live broadcast of the conference call will be available online by visiting GTECH.com and clicking on the “Investor Relations” tab on its website, or by visiting http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/fhpycz96/lan/en.  Related presentation materials will be posted to the Company’s “Investor Relations” section in Adobe Acrobat format prior to the call.

 

A telephone replay of the call will be available until July 23, 2014.  The replay dial-in numbers are 888-286-8010 (U.S. and Canada) and 617-801-6888(International), and the Conference ID number is 68896648. In addition, the call will be archived on the companies’ websites in the “Investor Relations” sections.

“With close to two-thirds of a billion dollars returned for our good causes, when players play the Lottery in  Idaho , someone, somewhere, is always benefitting,” said Jeff Anderson,  Idaho  Lottery Director.  “Every play pays.  Every day we contribute $134,247 to a greater common good that exceeds the sum of our dollars and dividends: the future of  Idaho ’s education and prosperity among her citizens.”
“The team at Lotterywest are delighted to have come to this agreement to extend our existing contract with INTRALOT. They have been a valued business partner and we look forward to this very positive arrangement continuing over the years ahead. We are confident that the technology and other expertise that INTRALOT have offered us will contribute to the success of this important Retail Transformation project which we have undertaken”, said Ms. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO.
"Super 7 is one of our most successful core games and when we saw Pollard Banknote's new neon colours, we knew they would look great on our tickets," explained Kordian Zielinski, Instant Manager, Totalizator Sportowy.  "Super 7 is the first ticket printed with our new vibrant neon inks, and we're very happy to have helped the lottery achieve success with the latest launch of this core game" said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote.
"It's gratifying to know that, in less than five years of operation, we've helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement," Director Bishop Woosley said. "That's $500 million that was simply unavailable to Arkansas students before the Lottery opened in 2009. These dollars and students, studying at Arkansas colleges and universities, will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be a powerful economic development tool."
Parliamentary secretary for competitiveness and economic growth Jose Herrera announced that Malta would be seeking the ruling of the European Court of Justice over the Council of Europe’s draft convention on sports competitions, claiming that the definition of illegal betting in the draft convention “hinders the free movement of services within the EU.  If ratified, this would mean that licensed gaming operators in Malta would be hindered from extending their operations abroad unless they abide by the laws of the other members states.”

PGRI Note:  Malta wants the Council of Europe, or the Court, to over-rule the rights of member states to decide regulatory and taxation policy for all forms of gambling, including betting on sports competitions.  Maltese operators essentially want to export gambling without complying to the laws of the “consumption” markets, i.e. the laws of the member state where the better actually is placing the bet.

“Jumbo is now the only company in Germany with its own in-house developed software platform connected to all 16 states in Germany.   This is an important milestone and allows the marketing team to compete aggressively with other operators in the Germany online lottery market”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited.
“We continually strive to improve the apps we offer to our players and make them fun and entertaining. This new update is all about convenience for our players and being able to instantly know the location of the nearest New York Lottery retailers. Also this update provides the winning numbers for our newest draw game Cash4Life,” said Gardner Gurney, Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery.
Opponents of Indian gambling and local California officials are pushing back against a proposed federal rule that would simplify the recognition of American Indian tribes. At stake is a potential surge of new casinos in the state, which critics of the federal changes argue would damage local communities.  The Stand Up for California report estimated that the proposed rule change could lead to the rapid recognition of 34 more Indian tribes in California, resulting in another 22 casinos. Those newly recognized tribal governments would also be able to assert ownership over state lands, it added, removing them from land-use rules and local laws.
Regulators said the technology, which is operated by Gibraltar-based 888 Holdings, could be the model for the planned system that would run the shared online gaming network between Nevada and Delaware.
“This is a $500 billion industry, most of which is illegal,” said Dennis Drazin, consultant to the  New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which operates  Monmouth Park. “It would literally save Monmouth Park, save thousands of jobs. “It would have a big impact on our economy, and we are looking forward to offering the public sports betting in  Monmouth Park in September.”  New Jersey did win a minor victory  when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state. That ruling shaped the Lesniak bill, he said. “So Sen.Lesniak carefully evaluated what the courts had said, and he drafted a bill in the Senate,” Drazin said. “The bill is on the governor’s desk, awaiting a decision whether he will sign it.
"The Florida Lottery welcomes Wawa as the newest partner in our retailer network," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "With the broad array of products available at Wawa stores, adding Florida Lottery ticket sales provides customers with a convenient one-stop shopping experience while helping raise more money for Florida students and schools."   "We're excited at the opportunity to sell Lottery products in Wawa locations in Central Florida," said Tom Delacenserie, Deputy Secretary of Sales at the Florida Lottery. "We look forward to Wawa, Inc., becoming one of our top-selling corporate chains, which will benefit their bottom line and increase Lottery revenue for education."
INTRALOT Group Managing Director of Asia, Mr. Marios Mitromaras, said: "We are very proud of, and satisfied by this Extension. We are certain that this project will further enhance our close relationship with Magnum Corporation and will ensure the continuity of Magnum’s successful operations at top level”.
“PAC-MAN™ is a welcome addition to Pollard Banknote’s growing portfolio of properties aimed at targeting nostalgic players with established, yet still-relevant game concepts, while also engaging the younger demographic who have been introduced to these brands more recently,” said Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote.





Lottery Expo 2014 Conference September 9 to 11 Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

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Lottery Expo 2014 Conference Preliminary Program

September 9 to 11

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel    www.edenrocmiami.com

Hosted by Public Gaming Research Institute and the Florida Lottery

Platinum Sponsors:

GTECH, INTRALOT, HUDSON ALLEY SOFTWARE, LINQ3, SCIENTIFIC GAMES

Silver Sponsors and Exhibitors:  Arrow International, Camelot Global Services, Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, InComm, Jumbo Interactive, Pro-Lite

Tuesday, September 9:

WELCOME RECEPTION:  5:00 to 7:00 pm   Sea Breeze Terrace

Wednesday, September 10, 2014                            
8:00 to 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM.  Paul Jason, Chief Executive Officer, PGRI, opens the conference sessions

Keynote addresses:

Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery, Co-Host Lottery Expo

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery,

President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Coffee Break

Panel Discussion:  Multi-Jurisdictional Games, promotional campaigns, and marketing strategies Creating truly national brands requires national advertising, marketing, promotion, and distribution.  Forging consensus among 44 + lotteries requires compromise, and the conviction that the goals are worth the effort.  Some might ask: Why should we do that when our markets are confined to the boundaries of our state - and our state statutes, gaming cultures, and consumer attitudes all vary from state to state, and certainly from region to region. Why is it so important for Lottery Directors to work hard to create nation-wide branding and promotional programs?  Multi-state initiatives provide economies of scale not achievable on an individual state basis. That is key to the TV Lottery Game Show.  How relevant is that to the calculus of cost/benefits/ROI for other factors like developing new games, and new promotional and branding initiatives?  What are some actionable ideas for additional nation-wide promotions and marketing campaigns?

Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery

Panelists:

Leslie Badger, Vice President Systems Marketing, Scientific Games Corp.

Connie Bloss, Vice President Marketing, Pennsylvania Lottery

Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery

John Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Lottery

Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery

Panel Discussion: Monopoly Millionaires’ Club

Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Executive Vice President World Lottery Association (WLA)

Connie Laverty O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, GTECH Corp.

Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery Authority

Steve Saferin, President Properties Group & Chief Creative Officer, Scientific Games Corp.

Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, MUSL (Multi-State Lottery Association)

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon

Awards Ceremonies

Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Sharp Award for Good Causes

Rebecca Hargrove Award for Mentorship

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from Conference Sponsors

Panel Discussion:  Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing.  What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products?  Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience.  Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa.

Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

Panelists:

David Barden, Executive Director, New Mexico Lottery

Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3

Larry Colatosti, Director, Retail Sales, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp.

Tom Dolan, Regional Sales Manager, Florida Lottery

Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software

RECEPTION: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sea Breeze Terrace

Thursday, September 11

9:00 am Tom Delancenserie, Vice President Sales, Florida Lottery

Panel Discussion:  Content Marketing is being used to build a deeper connection with your customer. Connecting Lottery with a new generation of consumers means thinking and feeling like them - and building relationships based on that emotional connection.  It’s about telling a story more than selling.  It’s about re-branding, re-shaping our image so that everyone feels that Lottery “is for people like me”, it’s about integrating digital technology and retail merchandising strategies so that we are talking with our customers rather than at them so that consumers embrace Lottery as part of who they are and want everyone to know it.  How is Lottery evolving its approach to create this emotional connection that drives sales?  How can Lottery leverage the promotional power of the Internet to drive Retail sales.  How can marketing and promotional strategies integrate the on-line and off-line worlds to drive sales at land-based Retail?

Moderator: TBA

Panelists:

Gary Gonder, COO and Director of Marketing, Sales and Communications , Missouri Lottery

James Hutchinson, Vice President – Marketing, Georgia Lottery Corporation

Larry Loss, Executive Vice President, Iowa Lottery

Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Lottery Marketing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming

Nikki Orcutt, Vice President Marketing, West Virginia Lottery

Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Turning Vision into Reality: Presentations from conference sponsors

Coffee Break

Gordon Medenica, Lottery Industry Consultant, Former Director of New York Lottery, Former President of NASPL

Ryann Petit-Frere, Manager Digital Strategy, California Lottery

Casey McKenzie, Senior Principal Consultant, Impact 21 Group

Luncheon: 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Presentations:

Lucas Baffetti, General Manager of Loteria de San Luis

Konrad Komarczuk, Director of Innovation, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)

Juan Torres, Administrative and finance manager of Grupo slots

Panel Discussion: Bridging the gap between the online and off-line worlds

Lottery and its retailers both want to drive sales performance by consolidating their position with current customers and attracting new customers.  Lottery has always been a powerful driver of store traffic in the off-line world.  How can Lottery do the same in the on-line world?   How can Lottery and its retailers work together to build the omni-channel model that is so key to accomplishing our shared objectives? Retailers know they need to connect with their consumer via Internet and Mobile app’s and are doing that.  How can Lottery help them?  How can Lottery consolidate its position as a valued partner to its retailers, while promoting the adoption of the Internet channel to connect with the consumer?

Moderator and Panelists: TBA

Closing night Reception

Conference website: www.PublicGaming.org  

Video-recording website: www.PGRItalks.com 

Public Gaming /Paul Jason - pjason@publicgaming.com   / Susan Jason - sjason@publicgaming.com  /Office Phone - + 425-449-3000  
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